Statement from Carl Ballard on “Statement from Rep. Jay Rodne on governor’s decision to suspend death penalty”

Ostensibly small government representative Jay Rodne is still in favor of the state being able to put a needle into someone’s arm and put enough poison in them to take their life. You know, small government. Smallity small small. He’s angry enough to have a press release. Sorry this is a bit old.

Gov. Jay Inslee today announced he was suspending the death penalty in Washington state for as long as he is in office. In the wake of this announcement, Rep. Jay Rodne, R-Snoqualmie and lead Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement:

There has to be a more effective way of saying “cruel and lacking any political power” than “lead Republican on the House Judiciary Committee” but I don’t know what it is. Maybe just “powerless asshole.”

“The governor’s decision is a distraction from the issues that people care about the most. It also seems very political – at the expense of victims of violent crimes and their families. This must be a difficult day for these families as they are confronted with the reality that the governor cares more about a few convicted killers than justice for their loved ones. It’s unfortunate and prolongs the closure they deserve.”

It’s a distraction to even talk about it says the press release about it. And you know, I haven’t seen any polling on Washington and the death penalty, but I’m guessing the political thing to do would have been keeping it.

Also, what kind of a dickbag can write “the governor cares more about a few convicted killers than justice for their loved ones”? Seriously, is Jay Inslee making sure that victims of crimes are locked up for life? Because that’s what he’s doing with the killers. Unlike Representative Rodne, I won’t pretend to speak for all victims of crime or pretend they’re a monolith. However they feel about Inslee’s decision is the right way for them to feel. But to pretend that the state isn’t doing anything for them because the state hasn’t killed their killers is just so spectacularly dishonest, that I don’t know what to do with it.

Comments

  1. 1

    Pete spews:

    I hope, come next election, someone sends a mailer to every wingnut in Rep. Rodne’s district, reminding them of this full-throated, enthusiastic defense of death panels.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s no more hyperbolic than the routine spewing of Republicans these days. It’s as though they’re competing to see who can be more over the top. Apparently that’s what the Republican grass roots use as an intellectual litmus test these days.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    The most immediate beneficiary of Gov. Inslee’s action may be Jonathan Lee Gentry, who has been on death row for 23 years. Gentry was convicted of bludgeoning a 12-year-old girl to death with a rock in 1988. Although he didn’t have an execution date, he probably was the closest to execution of Washington’s 9 death row inmates.

    Meanwhile, lawyers for a Missouri inmate scheduled to be executed Feb. 26 — who, like Gentry, is a black man convicted of murdering a young white girl — succeeded today in getting an Oklahoma apothecary to settle a lawsuit by agreeing not to supply lethal injection drugs to the Missouri Department of Corrections.

    Lethal injection, as a method of capital punishment, is rapidly becoming impractical because nobody wants to supply states with execution drugs, which is forcing states to use substitute drugs, which is resulting in botched executions. In some states, Republican legislators have responded to this situation by introducing bills to reinstate older methods. But all of those methods have histories of bungled executions.

    Let’s face it, you stupid humans are hard to kill, and some of you go harder than others. I’m for letting climate change get rid of all of you. This will be a better world when your species is extinct and we rabbits rule the roost. We don’t annihilate each other like you stupid humans do. Our wars last only a few kicks and bites, and nobody gets killed. Most rabbit deaths result from cars, not rabbit fights.

  4. 5

    PS I didn't fall off of the bus spews:

    Kill a Cop and you get a free ride the rest of your life on the taxpayers dime. Gotta Love it.

    I’ll bet ole Jonathan Lee Gentry will be chasin little rabbits down their holes tossin rocks for a century to come….

    Way to go Inslee, you just put a target on the back of every policeman in the state.

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    ekim spews:

    ROADKILL @5 “Way to go Inslee, you just put a target on the back of every policeman in the state.”

    I’m sure you have made up stats to back up such a stupid, ignorant statement?

  6. 8

    Deathfrogg spews:

    @ 5

    Every Policeman already has a target, on your back. The only terrorists the Police are training to respond to, are Americans.

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    tensor spews:

    There has to be a more effective way of saying “cruel and lacking any political power” than “lead Republican on the House Judiciary Committee” but I don’t know what it is. Maybe just “powerless asshole.”

    That just needed repeating. :-) Thanks, Carl.